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I'm looking to start doing some computer animation (mainly with flash-think homestarrunner.com as far as level of work I am looking to do). My old computer is a P.O.S. and I need to get a new one. Everyone I know is telling me to go with a mac, but I know nothing about macs as I have been a PC guy my whole life. Can someone point me in the direction of a site or give me some info that might help me make a decision (for instance what kind of mac would be best for something like this)



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Without re-hashing the old Mac vs. PC debate, I can say that all the Flash animation I've been involved with has been on a PC. I've been working with Flash exclusively on a PC platform since about 2000 and haven't encountered any problems.

It was over a decade ago and we've evolved, but the biggest mistake I made in my career was going with a MAC in 1995 because someone told me "it's so much easier to do graphics".



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estragand, what kind of things would you recommend having in the PC (Hardware, software, etc) to make sure things would work smoothly and to ensure I wont have to run online every other week to order something else or upgrade something else?



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This just occured to me (and it's somewhat unrelated), but you might want to check out POV-Ray.

I have a friend who swears by it, although he is a programmer with the visual asthetics of Austin Powers. But he has done some pretty amazing stuff. Unfortunately, it's more of a scripting lanuguage than something like Maya - but it's free, open source, and fairly powerful once you get around the learning curve.





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I would give it a try, but first I have to get myself a better computer (I think its time to retire the ole pentium 2 that freezes up half the time when I go online and refuses to run some of my programs now). The problem is I am new to computer animation and have no idea what I will need for my new comp (I figured I would buy it with everything I will need up front instead of having to deal with the hassle later).



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I don't think that you will be able to buy a brand new computer at Dell or anybody like that right now that won't be capable of creating Flash files. Just don't skimp on the RAM and you should be fine. I recommend you look at 512 megs minimum, and you should probably think about 1 gigabyte.



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